• Expect traffic snarls this weekend

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    THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and its contractors are set to conduct re-blocking activities in at least seven major roads in three cities in Metro Manila.
    This was announced on Friday by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) as it advised motorists to bear with the repairs.

    In its advisory, MMDA said the DPWH will conduct road re-blocking at the following areas along Edsa: From Kaingin Road to Culiat Bridge 3 (Southbound, 5th lane), Quezon city; from Buendia to Guadalupe (Northbound, outer lane), Makati City; between B. Serrano St. and J. Mariano St. (southbound, lane 1 center island), Caloocan City; from MCU Hospital to Gen. Simon St. (northbound) lane 5 near corner island), Caloocan City.

    Meanwhile, few national roads will also undergo repairs. These include a portion of Commonwealth Avenue from Luzon Avenue to North Susana (Northbound, 4th lane), Quezon City; along Commonwealth Avenue from North Susana to Luzon Avenue (Southbound, 2nd inner lane), Quezon City and along CP Garcia Avenue between Magiting St. and University Avenue (Going University Avenue, 1st lane from sidewalk), Que­zon City.

    The road re-blocking would start on Friday evening until 5 p.m. on Monday.

    Because of this, the MMDA advised motorists to use alternate routes as heavy traffic was expected at the said areas.

    Meanwhile, MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said at least 1,000 traffic constables will man choke points all over the metropolis to direct traffic on Monday when heavier traffic is expected due to the second wave of opening of classes.

    “We are bracing for heavy traffic in the coming weeks as the bulk of students would return to schools after Independence Day. There are schools that would open on June 17,” he said.
    Among the critical and choke point areas of Metro Manila include C-5 Road, Katipunan Avenue in Quezon City, Recto, University Belt in Manila, and Ortigas Avenue, and Greenhills in San Juan.

    Ritchie A. Horario

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